Employers need to get better at learning from Black workers about the many ways in which racism manifests itself across the workplace.

“It remains an unequal world for Black teachers and Black school staff who face slower progress in promotions, pay differentials and constant stereotyping about their capabilities and career aspirations.

“Despite the urgent need for strategies to better use the potential of schools and colleges to reduce racism, cuts to local authority funding have seen the decimation of the race equality teams which supported schools and developed anti-racist education and professional development opportunities.

"Trade unions can represent black workers individually but must also play a leading role in changing workplace cultures in to prevent and challenge racism proactively.  The NEU is currently producing an Anti-Racist Charter for schools to be published later in the year. This will identify ways that schools and colleges can address the racism many Black teachers, support staff, children and young people face in schools and colleges.”

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